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River Runs through It and Other Stories - 25th Anniversary Edition

River Runs through It and Other Stories - 25th Anniversary Edition - rev edition

ISBN13: 978-0226500669

Cover of River Runs through It and Other Stories - 25th Anniversary Edition  REV 01 (ISBN 978-0226500669)
ISBN13: 978-0226500669
ISBN10: 0226500667

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: REV 01
Copyright: 2001
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Published: 2001
International: No

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River Runs through It and Other Stories - 25th Anniversary Edition - REV 01 edition

ISBN13: 978-0226500669

Norman Maclean

ISBN13: 978-0226500669
ISBN10: 0226500667

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: REV 01
Copyright: 2001
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Published: 2001
International: No
Summary

Just as Norman Maclean writes at the end of "A River Runs through It" that he is "haunted by waters," so have readers been haunted by his novella. A retired English professor who began writing fiction at the age of 70, Maclean produced what is now recognized as one of the classic American stories of the twentieth century. Originally published in 1976, A River Runs through It and Other Stories now celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary, marked by this new edition that includes a foreword by Annie Proulx.

Maclean grew up in the western Rocky Mountains in the first decades of the twentieth century. As a young man he worked many summers in logging camps and for the United States Forest Service. The two novellas and short story in this collection are based on his own experiencesthe experiences of a young man who found that life was only a step from art in its structures and beauty. The beauty he found was in reality, and so he leaves a careful record of what it was like to work in the woods when it was still a world of horse and hand and foot, without power saws, "cats," or four-wheel drives. Populated with drunks, loggers, card sharks, and whores, and set in the small towns and surrounding trout streams and mountains of western Montana, the stories concern themselves with the complexities of fly fishing, logging, fighting forest fires, playing cribbage, and being a husband, a son, and a father.

By turns raunchy, poignant, caustic, and elegiac, these are superb tales which express, in Maclean's own words, "a little of the love I have for the earth as it goes by." A first offering from a 70-year-old writer, the basis of a top-grossing movie, and the first original fiction published by the University of Chicago Press, A River Runs through It and Other Stories has sold more than a million copies. As Proulx writes in her foreword to this new edition, "In 1990 Norman Maclean died in body, but for hundreds of thousands of readers he will live as long as fish swim and books are made."

Author Bio

Maclean, Norman : University of Chicago


Norman Maclean (1902-1990) was the William Rainey Harper Professor of English at the University of Chicago. His book on Montana's Mann Gulch forest fire of 1949, Young Men and Fire, is also available from the University of Chicago Press.

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
A River Runs through It p. 1
Logging and Pimping and ''Your Pal, Jim'' p. 105
USFS 1919: The Ranger, the Cook, and a Hole in the Sky p. 125
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